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If you have any questions about the event please contact Ben Lund-Conlon.

E: wp.post16@ucl.ac.uk
T: 020 3108 8277

Year 12 Masterclasses

In the spring and summer terms UCL hosts a range of subject-specific masterclasses.

Masterclasses offer you a taste of learning at university, and are designed to help you decide what area of study you would like to pursue at degree level. They give you an insight in to your chosen subject, and so provide an excellent example to include in your personal statement.

The masterclasses themselves are entertaining, hands-on sessions run by UCL academics and PhD students. You will get the chance to look around UCL, and you’ll meet current UCL students and other young people from across London.

The next series of masterclasses is taking place 9-13 July 2018, each day 3pm-6pm, at UCL's main campus in Bloomsbury. Applications have now closed, but please see below for details of the subjects available to give you an idea of what is usually on offer.

Summer Masterclasses

Geography

Untangling the Anthropocene

Hannah Fair

Monday 9 July 2018, 3-6pm

Many scientists are proposing we have entered a new geological era - the Anthropocene - one in which humans have a forcing impact upon planetary systems. This session will explore some of the main social science and humanities debates surrounding the idea of the Anthropocene, including when it started and what it should be called. These debates will be used to explore questions of ethics and politics in relation to climate change, considering ideas of responsibility on historical, national and personal levels. 

Suitable for students who are interested in studying:

  • Geography
  • Geology
  • History
  • Politics
  • Philosophy & Ethics
  • Any arts or humanities subject
  • Any social or historical science

Linguistics

Badside manner: what do doctors say and what do patients hear?

Gianpaolo Manalastas

Monday 9 July 2018, 3-6pm

Covering the middle ground between linguistics and medicine, we will focus on the language of effective bedside manner. Students will examine the linguistic concepts to look out for in ‘good’ and ‘bad’ bedside manner, including analysing transcripts of actual consultations. This masterclass could be of interest to students thinking about studying linguistics as well as prospective medical students.

Suitable for students who are interested in studying:

  • Linguistics
  • Psychology & Language Sciences
  • Medicine
  • English

Computer Science

How to defend yourself against a man armed with a banana - In Praise of Python

Dr Riaz Ahmad

Tuesday 10 July 2018, 3-6pm

Python is a general-purpose programming language, and is rapidly becoming the standard in scientific computing. Initially developed by Guido van Rossum in the 1990s (who was a big fan of Monty Python's Flying Circus - hence the name), there is now much excitement about the application of Python to science, engineering, finance, economics, medical and social sciences. Its appeal continues to grow in industry and is used by Google, YouTube, NASA, CERN and Disney,  amongst others. We will spend the session in a computer lab learning basic programming in Python and exploring some of its powerful libraries for large data structures (NumPy); 2D and 3D graphics (Matplotlib) and data analysis (Pandas).

Suitable for students who are interested in studying:

  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Physics
  • Engineering
  • Any medical or life science

Psychology

Psychology of Politics

Dr Lee De-Wit

Tuesday 10 July 2018, 3-6pm

The session will explore how psychological processes (from complex beliefs to very basic visual perception) can influence the politics of how we vote. We will look at how empirical research methods in psychology can be applied to study complex human decision making in the political domain. 

Suitable for students who are interested in studying:

  • Psychology
  • Psychology & Language Sciences
  • Politics
  • Sociology
  • Anthropology
  • Philosophy
  • Human Sciences
  • Any arts or humanities subject
  • Any social or historical science

English

An Introduction to William Blake’s Composite Art

Dr Linda Freedman

Wednesday 11 July 2018, 3-6pm

This session will provide an introduction to William Blake’s illuminated books, focusing on the Songs of Innocence and Experience. Students will have the opportunity to think about the relationship between words and images in Blake’s composite art and study the variations between different copies. The session will encourage students to engage critically and philosophically with Blake’s works, putting them in their historical and political context. They will also learn about Blake’s methods of production and, with the aid of the digital Blake archives, consider the opportunities, and restrictions, of studying Blake in the digital age.

Suitable for students who are interested in studying:

  • English
  • Modern Languages
  • Classical World
  • Philosophy
  • History
  • Politics

Neuroscience

What is Neuroscience?

Jack Humphrey

Wednesday 11 July 2018, 3-6pm

An introduction to neuroscience as a subject, including what brain cells are and how they communicate with other brain cells. Students will have the chance to get up close and personal with real human brain samples to look at the anatomy of the brain as a whole and its different parts.

Suitable for students who are interested in studying: 

  • Neuroscience
  • Life Sciences
  • Natural Sciences
  • Human Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Medicine

History

Pestilential Signs: Using Sources to Understand Plague

Dr Alexandra R. A. Lee

Thursday 12 July 2018, 3-6pm

Using the backdrop of the plague and the Black Death, students will be introduced to the skills historians use to understand the past from contemporary sources. Using written sources, images and manuscripts, students will explore what we can know about this period of history. This is an interactive session, involving interrogation of sources, written activities and palaeography (transcribing medieval English text).

Suitable for students who are interested in studying:

  • History
  • Ancient History
  • History of Art
  • Ancient World
  • English
  • Modern Languages
  • Any arts or humanities subject
  • Any social or historical science

Population Health

Charis Bridger-Staatz

Thursday 12 July 2018, 3-6pm

This introduction into Epidemiology and Population Health will explore how we can determine the causes and risk factors of diseases, including non-communicable diseases. We will look at the determinants of health, and how these are socially distributed throughout the population and influenced by more than just individual and behavioural factors. We will explore the ways that Public Health Scientists might try to improve the health of the population, and the ways in which these might impact on health inequalities. In particular we will look at the Sugar Tax and whether it is a good approach to reducing childhood obesity.

Suitable for students who are interested in studying:

  • Population Health
  • Applied Medical Sciences
  • Natural Sciences
  • Medicine
  • Any life or medical science
  • Any social or historical science

Education & International Relations

Nozomi Sakata

Friday 13 July 2018, 3-6pm

The first part of this masterclass will introduce Education and International Development as a subject of study, tracing history of how international donor organisations have attempted to ‘improve’ educational situations in developing countries. We will consider decides education policies, how the policies are implemented, power negotiation happening in the process of policy implementation, and consequences of the implementation. Students will have the opportunity to design their own academic research investigating the implementation of a new educational approach in a developing country of their choice.

Suitable for students who are interested in studying:

  • Education Studies
  • International Relations
  • Geography
  • Politics
  • Economics
  • Sociology
  • Any arts or humanities subject
  • Any social or historical science

Eligibility

Our events and activities are funded by UCL's Access Agreement and Widening Participation funds. As such, there are eligibility criteria that all applicants should consider before applying. Please note, these masterclasses are only open to students at state-funded UK schools. For full details of our eligibility criteria please follow the link below:

Applying

Applications for the 2018 Summer Masterclasses have now closed. Please check back at this page in early 2019 for the applications for the next series of Masterclasses.